Every year, the HSBC Women’s World Championship draws the top LPGA players. Hence this women’s golf tournament is often dubbed as Asia’s Major. This year is its 15th edition and it’s taking place at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore from 2 to 5 March. Here’s what you can look forward to at the 72-hole stroke play golf in Singapore tournament.
Top 20 LPGA ranked players
Of the top 20 LPGA ranked players, a total of 18 have been confirmed for the HSBC Women’s World Championship 2023.
These include the current top five best women’s golf players, namely:
- World number one Lydia Ko, New Zealand
- World number two Nelly Korda, America
- World number three Minjee Lee, Australia
- World number four Atthaya Thitikul, Thailand
- World Number five Jin Young Ko, Korea
Lydia is playing this tournament for the ninth time. When she came here for the first time in 2015, she was 17 years old. Now, at 25, she’s a top-ranked player in the LPGA and the Rolex World Rankings.
Ahead of the 2023 tournament, Lydia is excited to return to play golf in Singapore. She’s even more excited that fans will be back on the course with the players. “We’ve all really missed having fans out there supporting us at Tanjong as they make the atmosphere so special. Singapore is a favourite destination of all the players, and I can’t wait to return and enjoy all the beautiful sights, the amazing food and definitely all the wonderful fans!”
Fight for HSBC Women’s World Championship top spot
Challenging Lydia for the top spot are Minjee and Thitikul, who placed second and fourth respectively in last year’s tournament.
Fan favourite Minjee’s closing round in 2022 remains fresh in her mind and she’s eager for this year’s tournament. She says, “I’m always excited to visit Singapore; it’s such an awesome city. But any time you finish in second place, you’re eager to come back and see if you might be able to go one better.”
For Thitikul, the 2022 HSBC Women’s World Championship kicked off a run of 16 top-ten finishes and two victories in various women’s golf championships. This led to her being crowned 2022 LPGA Rookie of the Year.
Other top women golfers in the lineup include:
- The Chevron Championship winner American Jennifer Kupcho
- KPMG LPGA Championship 2022 winner South Korean In Gee
- The Amundi Evian Championship winner Canadian Brooke Henderson
- AIG Women’s Open 2022 winner South African Ashleigh Buhai
All these LPGA ranked players are looking at winning the coveted HSBC Women’s World Championship for the first time.
Our country will be represented by top local professional golfer Amanda Tan. At 23 years of age, this is Amanda’s fifth time competing in the HSBC Women’s World Championship, which is a record for a Singaporean player.
Her first appearance was in 2014 as an amateur player. When she competed in the tournament in 2017, it was her first professional event. Her last two outings were in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
There’s another reason why Amanda is looking forward to the tournament: “It’s always a pleasure to play at the HSBC Women’s World Championship at home, especially at Sentosa Golf Club, where I practice every day. On top of that, with the HSBC Women’s World Championship being a top LPGA event, with the world’s top female players coming, it makes it even better. I want to play well and finish well. At the same time, I want to take as much as I can from the whole experience.”
The Fan Village returns
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the HSBC Women’s World Championship is welcoming fans back onsite. So the Fan Village makes its return as well for this tournament of world-class golf in Singapore.
Food trucks will be offering a variety of options, including sustainable dishes. Some familiar local names include The Halal Food Truck, The Travelling Cow and The Good Burger. Meanwhile, the Kult Kafe serves up signature ‘Kultails’, craft beers and artisan coffee. Over at the Par & Bar lounge, fans can take a break here with refreshing drinks without missing the action – a viewing area allows spectators to keep pace of the women golfers competing.
There will be many activities to keep the mood lively, such as a DJ providing music and entertainment in the evening during the weekend.
Spectators who wish to get some action themselves can have a go at putting the Singapore skyline. Skill level doesn’t matter as each participant gets three tries to putt the ball from the top of the platform and into one of the designated holes. Successful players get the chance to win special prizes from partners of the tournament.
Other family-friendly activities include the Lexus mini golf installation, daily fitness assessments by Puma, a pop-up store featuring a variety of pieces created and designed by individuals on the autism spectrum, and the HSBC Metaverse Golf challenge to win golf merchandise, shop the latest apparel from Puma and footwear from Ecco as well as the exclusive Vanity Corner that will feature cold towels to cool down and even enjoy a quick makeover.
Watch the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa
The women’s golf tournament will be played on the Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, which is hosting the tenth edition of the tournament. Sentosa Golf Club was named the World’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility at the 2022 World Golf Awards and is known for driving sustainable initiatives in golf.
Tickets for the tournament range from $24 for a single day to $94 for a four-day seasonal ticket. For more information about the HSBC Women’s World Championship, head to the website.